My Pictures of the Great American Eclipse, August 21, 2017

Slightly different post today, it’s mostly all media. But to gain traffic on google, maybe I should just write eclipse, eclipse, eclipse a bunch of times. Plus pictures. Eclipse pictures. Awesome pictures. Eclipse. Okay enough of that. So: I am not a photographer. I hardly consider myself an amateur photographer. I mainly consider myself a…

A Serious Legal Issue Bubbling under the Surface…..

There is a serious issue brewing in our American justice system. Though most never encounter this arbitrary despotism of our government overlords, you can talk to anyone who’s been to law school, and they will let you in on this incredible tyranny. And I plan to be the one to free us from this rule….

Regain Your Sense: This “Collusion” Thing is Not a Crime

Cue Scary Music…. In the not so distant past, the immediate relative of a United States president, believing that the leader of the other party was dastardly and crooked, sent a message to a Russian operative, telling them that if Russia would intervene in the American campaign for president, this rich fellow from the Northeast…

Correcting the News on Hobby Lobby

Here is a letter of correction I wrote to the NPR politics Podcast, after listening to their Thursday July 6th edition reporting on Hobby Lobby’s settlement over the civil forfeiture complaint. This story has been widely reported, and often falsely reported. (But this shouldn’t surprise anyone.) So, I thought I’d share it with everyone, just…

We Have A Broken Society, and That Is Hard to Fix

The Delicate Edifice of Peace A man drove from a St. Louis suburb in Illinois to Alexandria, Virginia. He stayed a while until going to a baseball field where Congressmen rose early to practice for their upcoming Congressional Baseball Game. It is a fundraiser for various charities including the Boys and Girls Clubs of America….

Friendship, Love, Marriage, and Vows

It is wedding season. I know, because I went back home to see my cousin get married in my parent’s back yard. It was gorgeous. The weather was perfect, or at least as perfect as June in Louisiana can be. The ceremony was just family, keeping the American Wedding Industrial Complex at bay. But then…

How the Media “Lies”

Lie? Isn’t that a strong word? Yes, and by catholic catechism definitions, maybe the media does not lie. But when institutions do not give the truth when they claim that they do, the effect is the same. This piece seeks to explain how that happens. No self-respecting news organization will print fake or distorted news….

Changing Sexual Norms, Slippery Slopes, and “Unnatural” Things, Part I

***Note 1*** Before you dissent from the historical assertions in this piece with some obscure example from the Middle East, please realize that the culture of which I speak is the general Western Culture from which the United States came. All generalizations are exactly that: generalizations, and they say nothing about specifics, any particular period…

“Non-Discrimination” Run Amok in DC

On a work break, I wandered over to the kitchen by the bulletin board where all the legal notices were required to be. Being the attorney I am, I started to read a lot of familiar things about your right to a minimum wage and to be free from sexual harassment according to Title VII…

Life As One Jesus Left Behind

***A slightly more personal rumination of a long running internal train of thought. Don’t worry, I’m fine. I just hope it helps somebody else.*** When Your Help and Hope Don’t Come Everyone knows Lazarus. Everyone knows the blind beggar. Everyone knows the man on the mat, lowered from the roof, whom Jesus told to pick…

On Feminism, Things, Virtue, and Power

“Is ______ a Feminist?” It seems to be a persistent question whether some prominent female celebrity can truly be considered a feminist: Ivanka Trump, Emma Watson, Beyonce, some Kardashian. I usually do not care about the answer to this question (for the most part), but I am very interested in why people ask it and how people…